Sunday, February 3, 2002

Guide offers valuable pre-excursion reading
"Keller's Outdoor Survival Guide" helps readers put their trust back in their own ingenuity and resourcefulness rather than in cell phones.

In the stacks
There is a variety of the newest non-fiction hitting the shelves!

Tough commutes
When a winter snowstorm blanketed the Middleton Island runway on this lonely, wind-swept island in the Gulf of Alaska last month, Jim Simpkins and Rich Edwards couldn't get to work.

This is free speech?
I just read the article in regard to Carpenter vs. Leykis. I am so glad that somebody, namely a female, is coming forward fully and legally against this scum.

Extravagant nonsense
There is no looking in anticipation toward Alaska's Legislature gathering - rather dread sets in. I wonder, what destruction lies in store for Alaska's indigenous peoples this session? What maneuvers are they creating to undermine Native existence and Native "right to life?"

Choices, choices
After reading about what has been going on in the courts of Alaska and the radio station in Juneau, I had to think about what I was doing with my vacation money this year.

Arctic Power funding
I am very concerned about the recent allocation of an additional $1 million to Arctic Power (HB 334). I do not support this bill nor did I support the $3 million that was allocated to Arctic Power during the 2001 legislative session.

Just change channels
Karen Carpenter is complaining about Tom Leykis reading her name on the air. Well, I hate to be the one to break it to her, but when you campaign to remove a public person from the air, you are putting yourself into the public.

Ask any policeman
This letter is in regard to the high school students who put up a banner that said, "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" during the Olympic Torch run.

Wolf wish
We live on Douglas Island. We have never seen a wolf before. My sister and I felt really, really bad when we heard a whole family of wolves was killed. We wish they were still living.

Translation situation
Regarding the recent article in the Juneau Empire, "Shock jock on trial for emotional damages," I would like to correct Eric Kueffner, attorney for Alaska Broadcast Communications, licensee of KJNO, when he stated, "We paid them $100,000 to go away... It's a nuisance, but it's the price of doing business."

Parking problems
We would like to shed some light on the lack of concern by our local officials to our parking problem, particularly o

Impressed, disgusted
I am a Japanese who came to the United States six years ago. I am not a permanent resident. I will be returning to Japan whenever my company asks me to.

Lots of hits
You mean to tell me it has taken 3 1/2 years for this to get to a court?

Payment enough
If Karen Carpenter didn't like Tom Leykis, all she had to do was turn off her radio. Instead she intimidated KJNO radio into canceling his show and paying $100,000 to "go-away."

Support tourism: Climb Capitol Hill
Jamie Parsons of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce put out a call Friday for "numbers on the Hill."

Bear sanctuary proposed
Chris Grant hopes to solve Juneau's bear problem by turning the little rock dump into a bear sanctuary.

Photo: It doesn't get any better ...
Chris Culbreth, 16, right, points out snowboarding friends Saturday while resting next to the Ptarmigan chairlift at Eaglecrest. He is with friends Kade Nikols, 14, Brys Perrys, 15, center, David McCasland, 11, and Maren Brantner, 15, left.

Police and Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Masks are Magical workshop at museum
Maskmaker, actor and teacher Roblin Davis will lead "Masks are Magical," a mask-making workshop at the JuneauDouglas City Museum over the next three Saturdays.

Assembly to hear appeal about B&B
The Juneau Assembly will hear arguments Monday from homeowners who filed a complaint against the Planning Commission for allowing a bed-and-breakfast in their neighborhood.

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

JASON project exposes Hoonah student to a whole new world
You won't find Hoonah High School student Patricia Brown's name on a movie marquee, or on the Billboard charts, but over the past week the ninth-grader has become a celebrity to thousands of students around the world.

School board to talk money
The Juneau School Board Budget Committee will meet Monday evening to discuss the district's future budgets.

Judge: Carpenter-Leykis case presents unusual issues
The case of Karen Carpenter versus radio talk-show host Tom Leykis pits the constitutional right to speak freely against the common law right to be left alone, the presiding judge said Saturday.

United Way nears goal
To wrap up its campaign, all the United Way of Southeast Alaska needs is pocket change - 37 cents from each Juneau resident.

Ann C. Keener
Longtime Juneau resident Ann C. Keener died Jan. 31, 2002, in Juneau after a brief illness.

Closed-door caucus lights media fire
The doors have been the talk of the Capitol. And not just because Sen. Dave Donley uttered "Break on through to the other side" while doing a microphone check in the KTOO-TV studio.

Since 1910, The Boy Scouts of America has taught a universal set of values and morals
At a time when our nation focuses on character and leadership, we must remember that today's youth are tomorrow's leaders, the faces of the future. What the Boy Scouts of America does for each boy, it does for the man he will become.

Cartoon by TOE

Word of Mouth
A forum to give readers a chance to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone.

Timberdoodles
In the lexicon of the outdoors, a timberdoodle is a game bird known for its erratic flight. Timberdoodles of the non-feathered kind can be found throughout Southeast Alaska.

Juneau tames Wolves
It was the best of games, it was the worst of games. And, even though the final scores were similar, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball took different roads in sweeping two Region V-Class 4A games from the Sitka Wolves this weekend at the JDHS main gym.

Duke ducks Tigers
The top-ranked Blue Devils blew a 15-point lead and trailed late in the game for the first time in weeks before beating Clemson 98-88 on Saturday night.

Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Isett, Denton claim giant slalom wins at AML Series
Juneau's Heidi Denton continued her dominance at the Alaska Marine Lines Race Series by winning another Super G on Friday, then followed it up with a win in the women's giant slalom Saturday at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Bill modifies hot springs standards
Hot-springs developers will not have to meet the same standards as concrete public swimming pool owners under a bill that passed the state House on Friday.

Craig barge spills fuel
At 3:10 p.m. Jan. 8, Craig's Harbormaster reported to the state Department of Environmental Conservation that a corroded fuel tank on a derelict wooden barge, which was abandoned on the tide flats in Crab Bay near Craig about 20 years ago, had begun to leak.

Cities now own Four Dam Pool
Ownership of the Four Dam Pool hydroelectric projects passed from the state Friday into the hands of those who use their power.

Program offers cross-cultural opportunity
High school students from Juneau, Angoon, Kake and Hydaburg will have an opportunity to bridge the urban-rural divide this year as an in-state exchange program expands to include Southeast.

Photo: Fire on Ketchikan boat
Boat fire: A Ketchikan firefighter examines the vessel Montego after a fire on board the vessel last week.

Haaland to head Sheldon Jackson
The interim president of Sheldon Jackson College has accepted the job on a permanent basis.

Effort may resurrect classic Tlingit book
A campaign by a Haines woman to revive a classic history book may convince the publisher to print a second edition.

Rocket provides millions for economy
The Kodiak Star launch in September brought $4.4 million into Kodiak's economy and increased the size of Kodiak's payroll by about $1.3 million, according to a university report.

Photo: Coming into the cold
A Lufthansa Cargo 747 freighter plane makes its approach for a landing at the Fairbanks International Airport on Friday morning. The freighter, from Tokyo en route to Frankfurt, Germany, was stopping in Fairbanks for fuel and a crew change.

Redistricting board's work judged good
The Alaska Redistricting Board worked in good faith when it came up with a new district voting map for the state of Alaska, a Superior Court judge ruled Friday.

Bank expected to help Sitka water bottler
The federal Rural Development office said First National Bank Alaska is making arrangements to give Sitka Beverage Corp. a break on loan payments while the company gets back on its feet.

State's percentage of Outside workers lowest in 10 years
The percentage of nonresident workers in Alaska reached its lowest point in a decade in 2000, according to the state's Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

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